Virginia engineermisses final pretrial
CLEVELAND -- Trial for the Virginia engineer accused of taking part in a scheme to bribe U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. has been reset to Nov. 12.
Richard E. Detore failed to show for his final pretrial Tuesday afternoon, and U.S. District Judge Lesley Brooks Wells reset the trial, which had been scheduled for July 29. Details of what happened were not immediately available.
Last week, Detore, 42, failed to show for a final pretrial, saying he blacked out and was hospitalized, and the judge rescheduled it. Traficant, of Poland, D-17th, was found guilty of racketeering, bribery and tax evasion and will be sentenced July 30.
Arrested on warrant
YOUNGSTOWN -- A city man was arrested after police found him driving a car that fit the description of one involved in a house shooting.
Marquice J. Denson, 21, of East Indianola Avenue was arrested Tuesday morning on a warrant for failing to appear in court last month on a charge of obstruction of justice.
He also was charged with driving under suspension and failure to display a license.
Police reports say officers were on routine patrol around 4 a.m. on South Midlothian Boulevard when they noticed a gold Intrepid that matched the description of a vehicle spotted during a shooting that morning. Reports show shots were fired from a car into a house in the 200 block of East Pasadena Avenue around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Officers saw the vehicle travel along several South Side streets before they stopped it on Gibson Street. Denson initially gave a false name before correctly identifying himself, reports said.
Police took him to Mahoning County Jail. Police are still investigating the shooting.
POLAND -- A rash of vehicle break-ins has been reported to village police. Three homeowners on Venloe Avenue and Johnston Place reported that their cars were rummaged through Sunday night or Monday morning.
One man said $700 was taken from a console area and a backpack from a front seat. Others said change was stolen. In one car, credit cards were left behind. Similar break-ins were reported last week when homeowners on Island Drive and Massachusetts Avenue said their vehicles had been ransacked.
In one case a knife was missing. Also, a drill taken from one vehicle was found in another.
Teen faces charges
POLAND -- A 14-year-old Boardman boy who township police say was drunk wandered into two homes on Clovermeade Avenue on Monday. He slept in a bed at one home and hid in a basement room in the other, police said.
Police were called at about 5:30 p.m. Monday after a girl and her mother found him sleeping in a bed. The boy then walked past a couple in the second house and into the basement before fleeing, police said.
Another Clovermeade resident, a 15-year-old girl, told police the boy had followed her home on his bicycle earlier in the day and had groped her and tried to kiss her.
Police arrested the boy in a yard. He yelled and spat at officers and banged his head on a patrol car window and police station walls and a bench before falling asleep. He told officers he drank beer that was given to him by an older teen girl. He said he did not remember other events.
He faces charges of burglary, underage consumption and sexual imposition.
Charged with assault
CAMPBELL -- Ryan Walter, 27, of Fitch Street will be in municipal court here Tuesday for a preliminary hearing and pretrial.
He is charged with felonious assault after being accused of firing 15 rounds from an assault rifle last Wednesday.
An 18-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder, police said.
The woman was in a parked car in a driveway on First Street; Walter was standing in the yard of his home.
He told police that he did not see the car because it was dark.